ori·​ent·​ed | \ ˈȯr-ē-ˌen-təd How to pronounce oriented (audio) \

Definition of oriented

: intellectually, emotionally, or functionally directed humanistically oriented scholars market-oriented production an ecologically oriented approach is goal oriented

Examples of oriented in a Sentence

The audience was academically oriented.

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But Baltimore’s new, analytically oriented regime convinced him to scrap his sinker and use a four-seam fastball high in the strike zone with a changeup and slider in the lower quadrants. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "Dave Dombrowski made a decisive move in acquiring Andrew Cashner," 14 July 2019 Fourth of July Parade and Festival — Celebrate the founding of our nation with family oriented events in Anchorage. Anchorage Daily News, "Coming up in Southcentral: Fourth of July, the Highland Games and Pride," 27 June 2019 Movies are generally family oriented and each includes a 15-minute intermission. Chuck Barney, The Mercury News, "Movies under the stars: Where to see SF Bay Area outdoor flicks," 12 June 2019 The navigator’s information is organized not as distance, speed, and bearing per se but subjectively, as a canoe at rest in the ocean and an oriented world shifting around them. Damion Searls, Harper's magazine, "The Tide-Beating Heart of Earth," 10 May 2019 This male-oriented view of female reproductive biology as largely acquiescent was pervasive, argued Emily Martin, an anthropologist at New York University, in a 1991 paper. Quanta Magazine, "Choosy Eggs May Pick Sperm for Their Genes, Defying Mendel’s Law," 15 Nov. 2017 Beijing has been trying for years to make the economy less manufacturing dependent and more oriented toward domestic services. Lingling Wei, WSJ, "Trade Tensions Take a Toll on China’s Economy," 6 Jan. 2019 So professional journalists are really oriented towards each other. Ezra Klein, Vox, "Is the media making American politics worse?," 22 Oct. 2018 Taken together, a separate category specifically for popular, globally successful films and a more globally oriented broadcast time says the Academy is trying to draw in casual viewers while retaining the prestige of the Best Picture award. Devon Maloney, The Verge, "Academy backpedals on Popular Oscar idea, realizing it needs workshopping," 6 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of oriented

1925, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of oriented

: interested in a particular thing, activity, etc.
: designed to appeal to a certain kind of people



Medical Definition of oriented

: having psychological orientation the patient was alert and oriented

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